Titans may give troubled young half, an NRL life-line

Albert Kelly

He has been let go by the Newcastle Knights, the Cronulla Sharks and the Parramatta Eels, all for disciplinary breaches – but he may receive one more chance, with the Gold Coast Titans exploring the possibility of signing troubled half Albert Kelly, as a long-term back-up to Scott Prince.

Scott Clark, who is the Football Manager at the Titans, says that the club has held preliminary talks with Kelly and his agent, with a deal, should one eventuate, to be finalised within the next two weeks.

“It’s only very early in the process at this stage,” Clark told the Newcastle Herald.

“We really just wanted to have a chat to Albert and see how he’s going and where he’s at, but he’s certainly a player we’re considering. There’s some interest there.

“We’ll weigh everything up and there might be an opportunity for him here, although our top 25 [squad] is pretty settled for next season.”

Kelly has been a player that has seemed to find trouble in the past, and with several alcohol related incidents to his name, his reputation is shady to say the least – but despite that, should he be a Gold Coast player, the club will not tell Kelly to take a vow of abstinence.

“Our attitude is that we want all our players to be self-disciplined and professional,” he said.

“So there are no alcohol bans or anything like that.”

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